Climate change is a serious threat to humanity, especially to young children. Children are the least responsible for climate change, yet they will bear the greatest burden of its impact.
The changes in the environment, due to climate change can cause poor air quality, higher temperatures, more extreme weather (i.e.,forest fires, cyclones, heat waves, floods), a reduction in freshwater and nutritious food, displacement, impacts on family livelihoods, and an increase in waterborne and other diseases. In short, climate change represents a fundamental threat to the rights of children and their caregivers.
This thematic page, developed in partnership with the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood, includes key facts and resources about the intersection of climate change and early childhood development (ECD).
Nearly 90 percent of the global health burden related to climate change is borne by children under 5 years old. The evidence is startling and the crisis is getting worse. However, the specific needs of young children remain largely ignored in climate change discourse and actions.
The threat posed to children and their rights by the climate crisis is not theoretical: it is real, and...View Details
Climate finance is key to implementing the ‘quantum leap’ in climate action required to meet the...View Details
The American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica are pleased to offer this update of our 2017 report,...View Details
Successful responses to the climate crisis require the participation of all fields and sectors of society....View Details
It’s true: the data on the spiraling planetary crisis, the cascading health effects, and widening inequality...View Details
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The combustion of fossil fuels (coal, petroleum [oil], and natural gas) is the major source of both air...View Details
This paper reviews the published evidence of pathways and impacts of global climate change on child health....View Details
Our friends at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University have released a new working paper...View Details
In June 2022, a team of Save the Children staff conducted research with 52 children across four coastal...View Details
When we shift from direct to proximate causes of disease, the environment matters a lot. Air pollution...View Details
The evidence presented in this review confirms the centrality of children and their unique vulnerabilities...View Details
Children represent almost one-third of the world’s population. They have the right to live in a...View Details
The effects of climate change on young children and pregnant mothers are a significant cause for alarm as they directly impact children’s growth and development. An estimated 710 million children live in the 45 countries that are at the highest risk of suffering the impacts of climate change. The following data show how children are affected by a mixture of food shortages, diseases, droughts, and rising sea levels: